SCANDAL OF YOUNG SCOTS CARE LEAVERS REVEALED

Ten days after her 16th birthday Amy-Beth Miah decided she’d had enough of a care system that seemed designed to do anything but care. She signed the lease on a flat, filled her then-boyfriend’s car with all her belongings and left it for good.She first went into foster care when she was seven years old. When a subsequent foster arrangement broke down, she says it felt like she was passed round every children’s unit in her local authority area. … More SCANDAL OF YOUNG SCOTS CARE LEAVERS REVEALED

POPPY WREATHS PAYMENT ROW RESOLVED

Cllr McColl said: “West Dunbartonshire Council believes the purchasing of wreaths for Remembrance Sunday falls within these two objectives and asks officers to update local rules to permit Community Councils to use administrative grant funds for this purpose. The Council agreed this change was retrospective, allowing individuals who have purchased wreaths on behalf of Community Councils for this November’s commemorations, to be reimbursed by their Community Council in the normal way. Furthermore, the Council agreed that a report will be brought to the next Corporate Services Committee with recommendations to amend any other local rules that do not reflect the guidance in the model constitution. … More POPPY WREATHS PAYMENT ROW RESOLVED

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS CAMPAIGN

While the aspirations of the Labour Party’s proposed crackdown on fake news appear well motivated, the inevitable result of any enquiry and measures set in place to contain fake news raise questions over who will decide what is true and what is false? This is the same for the recent Cairncross Report under the Conservative government that has proposed an academy to promote news of ‘public interest’. Indeed, we must question, who will decide what that is? … More FREEDOM OF THE PRESS CAMPAIGN

COUNCIL WANTS TO USE ROBOTS TO CUT THE GRASS

Before we wrap this up, I must tell you a tale, which falls into the “You’ll never believe this” category. Cllr Jonathan McColl, Balloch’s answer to Kim Jung-ho, and Cllr Sally Page, the Tory millionairess, who represents the good people of Haldane, want to experiment with a new system to cut the grass in our parks, cemeteries and public spaces. They want to use ROBOTS! Can I suggest that if we bring in robots to cut the grass then we should get the councillors to run the council.  … More COUNCIL WANTS TO USE ROBOTS TO CUT THE GRASS

NAVY TAKES THE BISCUIT WHILE ARMY GETS THE BEANS

If it’s really true that the Navy gets the gravy and the Army gets the beans, then Faslane-based submariners get something far tastier than either – caramel wafers, tea cakes and delicious snowballs.
Sir Boyd Tunnock, the multi-millionaire boss of the biscuit makers is a big friend of the Royal Navy – and all the Armed Forces. Sir Boyd has had a great deal to celebrate recently, including a knighthood from the Queen and the Armed Forces Covenant, which he was presented with at HM Naval Base Clyde. … More NAVY TAKES THE BISCUIT WHILE ARMY GETS THE BEANS

CREATIVE SCOTLAND LENDS A HAND TO MAGGIE

Songs on the new album will include love songs – Caolas Eadar Mi is Iain, Iain Ghlinn Cuaich, Craobh nan Ùbhal and Ho mo nighean donn nan Gobhar; a traditional version of the Eriskay Love Lilt known as Gràdh Geal mo Chridh; a lament – Bheir mo Shoraidh thar Ghunaidh; some mouth music and waulking songs (or work songs); and the Robert Burns’ songs, The Highland Widow’s Lament and The Bonnie Lass of Albany. … More CREATIVE SCOTLAND LENDS A HAND TO MAGGIE

FARMING IS NO LONGER A ‘MEN ONLY’ BUSINESS

“It is neither acceptable nor business-savvy for agencies, organisations and businesses that operate in Scottish agriculture today to be effectively male only. If we can help them to be better and more equitable, we should do so. Those agencies, organisations and businesses also need to hear clearly that men-only boards and governance structures must be consigned to the past. Scottish agriculture simply cannot afford to leave women behind, but changing a centuries-old culture will involve significant work. Crucially, it will require that everyone who has a stake and an interest in the future of agriculture in Scotland work together. … More FARMING IS NO LONGER A ‘MEN ONLY’ BUSINESS

MoD KEEPS NEW NUKES REPORT SECRET

Staff shortages have prevented an official watchdog from completing all “essential tasks” to ensure the safety of the UK nuclear weapons programme, according to a previously confidential Ministry of Defence (MoD) report. A short extract from a report by the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator (DNSR) – kept secret by the MoD since 2017 – reveals that the nuclear programme was struggling with shortages of “suitably qualified and experienced personnel”. Four pages of the DNSR annual report for 2015-16 were released by the MoD in the run-up to a freedom of information tribunal in London on 2 December. The tribunal is considering an appeal against the MoD’s refusal to publish the whole report. … More MoD KEEPS NEW NUKES REPORT SECRET